Monday Has Been Cancelled Chalkboard

Hi everyone!
Just incase you missed my project over at Couture Creations, 
here's another peak at my fantastic Glamour Days Intricutz Dies & Sew Jo inspired chalkboard creation. 

Chalkboards are trending big time, & I have made quite a number of them for gifts recently. 
This is one of my absolute favourites:

 Isn't this a fabulous gift?! 
And yes, Monday being cancelled just adds to its charm! Love it!

Take a closer look at those gorgeous dies....

Loving that sewing machine!!!

If you'd like to see more - or get the tutorial on how to make this creation, 

Couture Creations products used:

Hope you liked this chalkboard creation,
but please leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for stopping by,

Happy Arty Days!
Amanda xo

Scrap & Play Challenge #4

Hi everyone!
Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my Design Team contribution for 

If you haven't seen the new challenge here it is:

Scraplift using the above featured page as inspiration.
As the layout is from Fancy Pants Designs designer Anna K. I thought I'd use up some of my awesome 
As You Wish stash for this challenge. 
Here's my layout.....
Isn't she just divine?!!! Love this girl!
(She has grown up a lot since this photo was taken 2 years ago)
Apart from rotating the photo I pretty much kept to the sketch.

Those amazing flowers are actually all fussy cut from the pretty floral patterned paper, Today.
Took me a while to cut them all, but I think the end result made it worth the effort!
Infact, everything on this layout (except the photo & wire) are all from the 
Such a fabulous range! (I am using it for just about everything lately! :) )
Anyway, that's my take on Challenge #4. 
If you haven't started joining in on the fun yet, I urge you to give this challenge a go! You'll have a blast! Click here to get started!
Thanks for visiting, 

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Inspiring Mini Album!

Hi everyone!
Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my
super cute, mini album.....

Isn't it the sweetest?!
That stunning floral patterned paper is from
Simple Stories: I {Heart} Summer collection - such a bright and happy range!
Let's take a look inside....
The pages are made from Simple Stories: I {Heart} Summer: Bingo Cards, but could be easily recreated from any of those Project Life pocket cards!

Such a sweet little mini album to display some family beach photos! Love it!

& there you have it! 
A really quick and easy to create mini album to treasure throughout the years!

Thanks for visiting & have a Happy Arty Day!
Amanda xo

CMS Challenge #64

Hi everyone! 
Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to view my take on 
Challenge #64 over @ Color Me Scrappy!
Here's what the Challenge looks like.......

Use the featured colour board as well as a floral patterned paper in your creation!
I have to be honest - this colour scheme isn't for me at all!
(Orange and I aren't the best of friends but combining it with limes??!)
This really was a fabulous challenge for me!!!

Here's how my layout turned out...
 - This is awesome -  
How cool are those glasses?! Love this girl!
The floral patterned paper, & title, are Studio Calico: Best Of , 
& that fabulous washi tape, stickers & 'Awesome' stamp are from Typo.

Take a closer look......
That cute flair button is from Amy Tangerine, 
flowers are Kaisercraft, & the enamel dots and brad are Prima: Optimist range. 
The bingo cards are Simple Stories: I {Heart} Summer collection.
Such a fun page!
 I guess orange wasn't too bad after all.....
Please let me know your thoughts - I love to read your comments and feedback!
More than that, I'd love to see your take on this challenge! So join in the fun @ CMS!
(Some great incentives too!!!!)
Thanks again, 

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo 

Scrap and Play Challenge #2

Hi Happy Arty Days Fans! 
I have some very exciting news to share with you today;
I am now on the Design Team of Tammi Bennett's awesome new challenge blog, Scrap & Play!
So excited! 
Please be sure to check out the official announcement, & take a look at the other super talented designers who made the team. They're all amazing!!! 
(You'll definitely want to join in on the challenges with us, & there are some fabulous prizes too!)

Speaking of challenges, here's my take on Challenge #2 over at Scrap & Play. 

Challenge #2 is a word play challenge & the word is: FLOWERS
I ended up doing two pages for this challenge - 
I loved both, but my first layout was just, well, too orange for my liking! 
So have a look, and be sure to let me know which one you preferred. 
First up, my orange page, "Together"
See if you can spot my items.....
F - Frame & flowers
L - Lace, love charm, lines and layers
O - Orange layout
W - Wire 
E - Enamel dots & embellishments
R - Rick rack ribbon 
S - Stickers & spray mist. 

Here's my layout....

Love these two sooooo much!!! 
I know, it's very orange......
 But I like that it took me out of my comfort zone!
& while I'm still no fan of orange (yuk!) I really do love this page!

Here's a closer look at the title;

it's cut from Kaisercraft Kaleidoscope stickers. 
The papers are all from Basic Grey's Hey Boy range.

And how pretty are those flowers?!
The flowers are Kaisercraft Paper Blooms & Mini Paper Blooms in Coconut. 
That divine miniature frame is Melissa Frances and those enamel dots are MME. 
Okay, enough of the orange! 
See if you can find these features on my second page, "This Makes Me Smile"
F - Flocked paper, & flowers
L - Lace, love & labels
O - OMG stamp
W - Washi tape & wooden peg
E - Enamel dots & embellishments galore!
R - Rhinestones
S - Stamps, & stickers 

Here it is........
Love this page! 
So many embellishments highlighting that beautiful, happy moment!
Let's take a closer look...........
How cute is that Amy Tangerine wooden peg?!
The papers are all from Kaisercraft's Kaleidoscope range, as are the fabulous die cuts & title stickers.

The flowers featured are all Green Tara - soooo pretty!

& those pretty pink rhinestones are actually Couture Creations Gemstones;
nothing like a lil bling to add that finishing touch!

Wow! Loads of inspiration & what a fun challenge!
There's a fantastic prize up for grabs & you've got til the end of the month to get your entry in!
So why not give it a go?! 
Please let me know which layout you preferred - I love to read your comments!
Thanks for visiting everyone,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Happy Mother's Day!

A very Happy Mother's Day to all you amazing Mums out there today! Wishing you all a fabulous day! 
For me, mothers day truly is everyday! My children make me smile & celebrate each  and every moment! Feel so lucky!♥♥
Speaking of lucky, here's a peak at  some of my creations for the special ladies in my life.....

Isn't this divine?!!

This gorgeous jar is for my Grandmother - hope she likes it as much as I do!
Here's what it looked like before I got my crafty fingers on it:

Yes, it was a pretty jar, but it lacked the Happy Arty Days touch!
So, with a little Kaisercraft Amethyst Paper Blooms, Cranberry Mini Blooms,& Kaleidoscope Dies,
some ribbon and a gorgeous Couture Creations: Ornamental Lace Die, I was able to create this beautiful gift!

So pretty!
Here's the coordinating gift tag..........

A little more contemporary but with the same gorgeous blooms. 
Also features that fabulous Kaisercraft Base Coat III Paper - 'Shabby Chic'.

What a lovely gift! 
Here's another Mother's Day gift tag.....

This lovely tag is made from the Kaisercraft Honey Chai range.
Such an elegant and classic range!
Hope you liked taking a sneak peak into some of my Mother's Day creations
& have a wonderful day!

Thanks for stopping by,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

For the Love of Colour!

Hi Happy Arty Days Fans, 
Thanks for taking time to stop by and have a look at my creations!
Today I'm playing along with another fabulous colour challenge over at Color Me Scrappy.
There's so much fun to be had, and some fabulous prizes up for grabs too! 
Today's layout had to be inspired by one of the following mood boards.......

I know, which to pick??? (All such divine colours to scrap with!) 
l decided to use the first mood board, & do a modern, contemporary twist on a newborn boy page.
*Note: photo featured is property of Elska Studios
Here's my take on the first colour board......
Love my boy! Only 14 days old here!
 Where has the time gone?!
Lots of paint, distressing and a very small use of silver metals too!
The gorgeous paper is from the Kaisercraft Kaleidoscope range, and the butterflies & blooms are also Kaisercraft.  

Here's a closer look:
Some really tiny sapphire blue rhinestones in that cluster too!

I painted a little gesso onto the blooms& burlap to soften them. So pretty!
Such a great boy page! Love it! 

Hope you liked it too! 
& feel inspired to have a go at the colour challenges over at Color Me Scrappy!

Thanks for taking a look,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo  

Kaisercraft Design Team 2014 Entry

Hi Happy Arty Days Fans! 
Thanks for stopping by to visit and take a peak at my entry for the
 2014 Kaisercraft Design Team. Kaisercraft have such an amazing and diverse range of papers and products! Such a big fan! 
I would LOVE to make the team *fingers crossed* but enough talking, let's get straight to the good stuff.........

First up, a newborn layout that uses the gorgeous and very striking Kaleidoscope range. 
*The photo featured in this layout is property of Elska Studios.

Isn't this just divine? 
The paper is "Collage" and I'm so loving it! 
Such a modern twist on the classic white and blue for a newborn boy.
Have a closer look.......

Aren't those pre-cut dies & stickers fantastic? 
They make it so easy to embellish your page with so little effort!
I also added a little stitching and some silver wire & heart charm to complete this contemporary page.

Yes, he is, "My kind of beautiful dream!"

Next up, my take on a Kaisercraft 6.5" wooden frame.......

Lots and lots of Kaisercraft goodness going on here....
Paper Blooms: Amethyst & Coconut, Mini Paper Blooms: Amethyst & Coconut, Rub-ons: After Five Collection - Quotes, Clear Stamps: Bonjour, Paint: Magenta, Eggplant & White, KaiserFusion Markers and let's not forget, that incredible Base Coat Paper III, "Shabby Chic". 
I've also used some tarnished metal leaves, milliners netting, ribbon and cotton.

The Rub-Ons are of such high quality that you'd think I'd printed them....Perfect!

My final project to share today is a tag set - with a twist! 
Isn't this something special?!!
This gorgeous tag set also doubles up as a mini album and is sure to be treasured for a lifetime........

This creation was made using the sweet and very delicate, Honey Chai range & 
a Kaisercraft Album Ring to link them all together.

Let's take a look inside.....
So elegant.....

& so sweet!

Yes, that title "treasured memories" is a Kaisercraft Rub-On. 
(told you they were awesome!)

Oh, and those stunning pearls are Kaisercraft too!

Honey Chai is such a versatile paper range - 
I have loved creating with it, over & over again! :)
A simple end to a simple, but stunning, lil tag set!

And there you have it! 

My entry to the Kaisercraft 2014 Design Team.
Hope my creations made you smile 
& inspired you to go create with some of these amazing Kaisercraft products!
Thanks for visiting, (wish me luck!!!) :)

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo  

Colour Challenge Fun!

Hi all! 
Hope you're all having a fabulous day! 
I've been having a bit of fun with the colour challenge over at Color Me Scrappy. 

This particular entry is for challenge #61, a  really sweet colour palette to be inspired by.

 & Here's my layout.....

Love this page! 
I wanted to steer away from a classic girly page (like these colours might suggest) and do something more contemporary....
I had these fabulous beach photos and thought, why not? 
Beach can be shades of mauve?! (surely??)

I used a mix of Basic Grey papers from Hey Girl, Hey Boy & Soleil & tried to keep the embellishments organic and natural. Burlap, plain chipboard, muslin, calico & of course, those stunning shells!

A coupe of small Kaisercraft mini roses soften the page, and the calico trim is stapled in place to keep with the organic feel.
Wow! I had so much fun over at Color Me Scrappy! Why don't you join in the fun too?!
Can't wait to see what you create :)

Thanks for visiting,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Fubu Tag Set

Hi everyone!
Today I'm sharing a project that I recently created for Couture Creations using their new 

Aren't these tags just gorgeous?! 
I love a good tag, because they become a dangly lil keepsake on a dresser handle after they've adorned a gift
(nothing saddens me more than a handmade card in the bin).

Here's a closer look.....

Feeling inspired to go and make a few of these?

For a super quick & easy tutorial on 'how to',
go to the Couture Creations blog here.
Thanks for visiting,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo